We’re in high gear now getting ready to open for the 2018 season on Friday, May 4th with our normal daily hours of 8 am to 6 pm, 7 days a week, including holidays!
One of the most frequently asked questions is when will we have asparagus? And the answer is: It depends on the weather. The nights are unusually cool which is holding it back. If those forecasted days of 70 degrees come next week, we’ll know a lot more then and will give you an update.
Bedding plants: We will be stocking vegetables, flower annuals, and tomato plants as they are ready for planting. We have a few seed potatoes (Red Norland). So as you think about your garden needs, you can plan on getting your plants here. We hope to have most of our plants available on opening weekend. FYI: We will not have any onion sets this year to sell as we changed suppliers and varieties.
Straw: We have extra bales of straw available for your mulching needs. They are $6/bale or 4 bales for $20. If you need these before we officially open, just call us and we’ll set up a time to meet you. 269-244-5690.
We are currently harvesting lettuce, spinach, green onions, carrots, and kale in our certified organic hoophouse. You can pick any of that up at World Fare in downtown Three Rivers (the fridge is in the back) or you can call us to make an appointment to pick it up here. We harvest and restock the fridge every week!
The bakery will also open for the year on Friday, May 4th, and yes, they will be making donuts that day. (Reminder: we make our cake donuts on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.) Feel free to place orders ahead for Mother’s Day, which is Sunday May 13th, by calling or emailing us: 269-244-5690 or firstname.lastname@example.org
This weekend’s offerings will be:
- Cookies: Flower Cut Outs, M&M “Monster” Cookies, Ginger Molasses, S’mores, and Lemon
- Pies: Apple, Blueberry, Cherry, Peach, Rhubarb and Strawberry Rhubarb
- Breads: Whole Wheat, Whole Grain, Cinnamon, Hamburger and Hotdog Buns
- Cinnamon Rolls, Sticky Buns, Yeast Donuts
- Summer Flavors cake donuts: Buttermilk, Blueberry, and Cherry
Hard Ciders, Wine and Brandies: We have lots of ciders, including: Brunch, Ginger, Hometown Hero, Hopped, Currant/Cacao, Sweet, Semi-Sweet, and Dry ciders. We also have our full line of Hubbard’s Brandy.
Our cider is also available at The Local in Centreville, The Riviera in Three Rivers, Dussel’s Farm Market in Cassopolis, and Craft Beer Cellar in Grand Rapids. We will re-open our cider and brandy tastings on Memorial Day Weekend.
Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13 this year!
- If you a on a quest for a unique gift for Mom, Grandma, Aunt, or other person who has nurtured you as a mother would, we are here to help.Looking for a gift from nature? Peruse the variety of pretty flower arrangements already planted in fun containers (made by our own creative Teri) or lettuce bowls for a salad that continues to grow through the season or purchase bedding plants from flowers to herbs to veggies and create your own potted design.
- Another gift idea is using our fresh produce. We can tie raffia to make an asparagus or rhubarb bouquet for your favorite cook. Organic greens, a favorite? How about a bag of lettuce, or spinach with a salad spinner to clean the greens in the easiest, most efficient way? (If she doesn’t own a salad spinner, these are a must have. They really make it so much easier to get your greens clean.)
- Check out the ceramic work by Mollie whose whimsical bowls were in the market last season. She just delivered more stock which includes vases and single stem flowers for hanging that will serve as a lasting reminder of your thoughtfulness.
- If the smell of fresh baked goods is a favorite, consider the options from the bakery. Think muffins, donuts, dessert bars, pecan rolls, cinnamon rolls, pies, cookies, bread, and more. What could be more comforting than a basket of baked goods?
- For Mother’s Day (and for any day that you need a gift) Peggy is happy to help make a basket up for you, starting at $10 and adding in what you want. So whether you choose plants, market produce, baked goods, adult beverages, local honey, maple syrup, or spicy mustard or one of our select gift items, a basket can be the perfect present. We really enjoy working with you to share the gifts that celebrate the seasons of life. Call and talk to Peggy, or leave a message for her to call you back, and she will create just what you need in the price range you desire.
- We can also do gift certificates to allow them to pick out their own goodies. We can do these over the phone with a credit card or mail out for you, or have them waiting for the gift recipient to pick up here.
Happenings on the farm:
Clean, scrub, move, organize and repeat. The crew has been in high gear getting the market, bakery and surrounding gardens and play areas ready for the year. Brooms, bleach bottles, rakes and even paint brushes were everywhere today!
We planted, planted, planted. Tuesday the crew got 32 rows of black plastic mulch in the field ready for our plantings of vegetables, tomatoes and melons, which you will see on the west side of AL Jones Road. Then we put 16 rows of sweet corn in before the rain hit that night. Wednesday we started at sunrise planting 25,000 onion sets. Tomorrow we will get all of our “cold crop” brassica plants in, things like broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kohlrabi and the like.
The delayed spring has caused planting issues for the unheated organic hoophouse. So we have had to turn the cold storage into a “warm storage” where Becca has to move them in at night and back out during the days. We will all be happy to see a forecast with no more nights below freezing!
The greenhouse tomatoes are coming along great, maybe 25 days till the first BLT.
Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards thanks you for buying local and we are counting down the days until we see you!
Looking forward to seeing everyone soon! Everyone at Corey Lake Orchards